Today, shortly after I woke up, I went into the living room and saw, through the window, someone up on my porch stealing my bike. I banged on the window and shouted that it was my bike, and the guy (who looked very out of place in Squirrel Hill) said that he thought it was free and sprinted away. I don't know where he lives, but on-the-porch does not mean free in Squirrel Hill. I was tempted to run out the door and chase him, but i wasn't very dressed. It bugs me to see this kind of thing here. Needless to say, I took my bike inside. I might be a bit more careful with what I leave out on the porch, and I may keep a baseball bat or some other LART handy for if he returns.
Last night, while watching a movie, I noticed that my TV is starting to go. This is very irritating because I barely need my TV as is, and I'm not far from the point of not needing it at all, so replacing it isn't very attractive. I may get a projector or a giant LCD and get a midrange computer with video-in to serve as a TV instead. That may be expensive, but it seems like the best route. I'll probably wait until my current TV dies completely first, or at least malfunctions more. My finances are still uncertain until the damages to my old place are completely summed up, so it'll probably be in about a month. One silly part of my mind claims that the universe is frustrated that it can't continue to have car things break for me so this is some form of revenge. Heh.
I've been listening to music from a videogame sequel to the Nightmare before Christmas called Oogie's Revenge. It's a mixed bag -- it includes some variations on the (very good) Nightmare Before Christmas stuff from Danny Elfman, but I get the impression that Elfman himself didn't contribute directly to the project, and the voice actors are all different from the movie. For some characters, the difference is minor (Jack and Oogie are both pretty decent), for others, they didn't put much effort into getting a good Seiyuu (Lock, Stock, and Barrel's voices are terrible).
I stumbled across Wikimapia, an effort to annotate Google Maps with user-supplied content. As of the time of this writing, it's ludicrously silly -- there are six sites in the United States:
- US Capitol Building in DC
- A Kroger in Columbus Ohio (to my friends in Columbus -- is that GhettoKroger, NorthCampusKroger, or some other Kroger? (note: Kroger is a supermarket chain)
- A specific building at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida
- "Blocker building" somewhere in southeast Texas
- "Giant Triangle" in Utah
- Rainbow Bridge, Utah (a town?)
- Some dude's house
An interesting quote from a discussion on legal use of wikipedia:
- i look at wikipedia kind of the same way i look at the Bible in that you aren't really sure of the credentials of the guys/gals that wrote it, but you are pretty sure nobody would be that cruel to lead you astray in your quest for knowledge. i agree with psion too: wikipedia is more a trigger to learn from more trusted sources.
Thinking about the interaction between these stories and my metaphysics of values is going to take me some time -- are they different at heart, or can one be understood in terms of the other? Are they both even equivalent given some transformations? Hmm. I also want to think about the relationship between illusions and abstractions, and how the numerous definitions one might choose for both relate. Some would say that I'm reducing a philosophical problem to a terminological problem, but I disagree because I don't believe there's only one conception of these terms that all the words are really referring to. Holding the lack of "true concepts" instead gives us a smorgasboard of conceptions to select form, some overlapping.